Advent Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 7th at 6:00 pm, please join St. Thomas’ Parish Choir, directed by Giles Brightwell, for Advent Lessons and Carols, with music by Palestrina, Goldschmidt, Handel, Steel, Stanford,…

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Holiday Safety Seminar, 12/5

THE HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE will present a program designed to answer your questions and help you help yourself and your family in a sometimes mixed up world.  Come and join…

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Christmas Party! 12/14

On Sunday, December 14 we invite you to join our Prime Timers group and Families group for a Christmas party! Our Youth Group, Senior Saints and their families, neighbors and friends…

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Animals Blessed at St. Thomas’

Mathew-blessing

There’s nothing quite like seeing how much children (or for that matter, adults) love their pets. St. Thomas’ witnessed that on Sunday, October 5th at its annual Pet Blessing.  The Pet Blessing is widely celebrated in churches of many denominations, including our own Episcopal Diocese of Texas.   The event marks The Feast of St. Francis—October 4th—a man remembered for his deep affection for animals.  St. Thomas’ version had dozens of animals and many adults and children out on its soccer field. The event began with a short worship service with readings emphasizing God’s creation.  After the service, the owners and their pets were invited to have individual blessings from rector David Browder and associate rector Mathew Fenlon (who brought his dog Jersey).  While most of the animals were dogs, there were also cats, a bird, and half a dozen stuffed animals. A pet costume contest featured such creative outfits as Snow White, the Grinch, a fighter pilot, and a bride and groom.  While a talent was not a requirement, a number of dogs showed off some of their tricks. During the contest, the human part of the crowd enjoyed snow cones and…